The award-winning restaurant at Ardtara Country House is the perfect destination for a sumptuous afternoon tea, a superb Sunday lunch or an overnight stay with exquisite service and dinner …
After a year of cooking and creating menus at home, most of us are looking forward to post-lockdown breaks where comfort and cuisine take priority. Look no further than the elegant Ardtara Country House & Restaurant in Co Londonderry, which retains the feel of a private home while offering the best amenities. A mere 45 minutes from both Belfast and Derry, Ardtara is co-owned by Marcus Roulston and chef Ian Orr, and is destination dining with a guarantee. Recent awards include recommendations in the Michelin guide 2020, as one of Georgina Campbell’s “Hideaways of the Year”, as well as “Best Restaurant in Ulster” and “Best Food Tourism Experience”. Orr himself has won “Best Chef in Northern Ireland” a record seven times and frequently showcases his skills on national television.
The awards have much to do with the Orr’s commitment to growing and sourcing local produce, including fruit, vegetables and herbs from Ardtara’s own gardens. Menus change daily, which also accounts for so many returning guests – there’s always something new to look forward to. Setting is important too and Ardtara offers two dining areas. The Clark Room was originally the games room in this former Victorian home belonging to Irish linen baron Harry Jackson Clark. The room, which housed a billiards table, is lit by two roaring fires in the original fireplaces. The Garden Restaurant, meanwhile, is situated in the conservatory and is available for private dining for up to 26 guests.
Each meal, from breakfast to dinner, is overseen with care and offers a wealth of choice. Breakfast is freshly cooked to order and served with Thompson Family teas and Upperlands coffee. Afternoon tea, costing £24.95 per person, starts with canapes and finger sandwiches, finishing off with sweet treats and, of course, scones with cream and jam.
Sunday lunch offers a la carte dining and always the option of a traditional roast; three courses are £32.50. As for dinner, the four course menu is £41.95. But why not book in for an overnight stay in one of the nine bedrooms? As a member of Ireland’s Blue Book this charming hotel is perfect for an adults-only post lockdown break. Currently an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast is from £114.50 per person.
For further information and special offers visit www.ardtara.com.
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